Why Ghent? …that's why! - Visit Gent

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Why Ghent? …that's why! - Visit Gent

Why Ghent?

Because Lonely Planet has called our city

“Europe’s best kept secret” and a must see

destination for 2011

Because National Geographic Traveler

Magazine has listed this city as the most

authentic historic city in the world and full of

life

Because you must witness with your own

eyes what Napoleon and the mysterious

thief of The Just Judges panel already

knew: The Mystic Lamb really is key to

European art history

Because the city comes to life again after

sunset

And of course because you like to get off the

beaten track!

…that’s why!

Mirror in the Lys river

From the bridge you can also see the unique row of

houses mirrored in the Lys, on both sides of the river.

With the Castle of the Counts in the distance.

“Smack in the middle of Brussels,

Bruges and Antwerp, Ghent distils their

greatest attributes into one engaging

and enchanting city”

Lonely Planet

“The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is

without a doubt world’s most besieged

and coveted work of art. In Paris it

would easily knock the Mona Lisa off

the throne”

Noah Charney, art historian

Greetings from Ghent!

Five photos? In our day and age, with digital photography?

Patershol; the new City Museum, STAM; the

interior garden at the House of Alijn; the Cloud Measurer

at S.M.A.K., Ghent’s Municipal Museum of Contemporary

Art; the Sunday flower market… They’re all

worth a shot… or two!

Tourist Office

Inquiry desk

Sint-Veerleplein 5 – 9000 Gent.

T. +32 9 266 56 60

www.visitgent.be.

Publisher: Lieven Decaluwe, alderman for Culture, Tourism and Festivities.

Stadhuis, Botermarkt 1, 9000 Gent.

Ghent in

five photos

Only stopping by for a

short visit? Then make

sure you see these

highlights (and capture

them on camera!).

Through the eyes of the Count

From the keep of the Castle of the Counts the city lies at

your feet. Experience the Counts of Flanders’ sense of

power.

Small Town,

Big City

Ghent is a cosy, well organised city with countless tourist

attractions within walking distance from one another.

1,000 years of history have left their mark.

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Whatever you see during the day is even more magical at

night thanks to the ingenious lighting plan. The city loves

light – the annual Light Festival in January is proof of that.

That’s when the city is at its best – light and bright!

In a different light

After sunset Ghent takes on a new dimension. Its

pretigious and award-winning lighting plan creates a

magical, shimmering sight!

You hear music all over the place in this UNESCO City of

Music. Dozens of events and festivals turn every visit into

a unique experience. The highlight? The ten-day Ghent

Festivities!

Flemings love good food and drink, and there’s ample proof

of that in Ghent. Patershol, a medieval neighbourhood with

a great atmosphere, is the city’s culinary hotspot.

Medieval Manhattan

Only from or just next to St Michael’s Bridge can you

see the three towers that formed our medieval skyline

in a nice straight line.

A pedestrianized shopping area covers a large part of the

city centre. Below it there are large underground car parks,

but most hotels have their own parking facilities.


B E R O U W

Ghent: more than a

one night stay!

A weekend in Ghent

Friday, 5 p.m. | Grab a beer

Find yourself a spot along the Graslei and enjoy the impressive

row of medieval houses (on both sides of the river)

and the cosy atmosphere. This is where the people of Ghent

grab a beer. Start with a Gruut, the only beer that is brewed

here in the city using traditional methods.

Friday, 7 p.m. | Poor man’s dinner

What used to be a poor man’s dinner is now a speciality.

Gentse Waterzooi with chicken, fish or even vegetarian –

after all, Ghent is the Veggie Capital of Europe! At Bij den

Wijzen en den Zot at Patershol a culinary jury tasted the

best waterzooi made from a traditional recipe.

Friday, 9 p.m. | Enlightening

Lights out, spots on! Hidden gems during the day are suddenly

put in the spotlight at dusk. To enjoy Ghent by night

to the full try the Ghent Illuminated walk. Get your map at

the Ghent Tourist Office or download it from

www.visitgent.be

Friday, 11 p.m. | The night is still young

Friday night at Vrijdagmarkt ? Good idea! Start off with

a Kwak at beer bar De Dulle Griet. You’ll have to leave

your shoe in a hanging basket as a deposit for the amazing

glass. A stone’s throw away you’ll enjoy the hustle and bustle

of the Vlasmarkt, with its rock music and DJs playing till

early morning.

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Saturday, 8 a.m. onwards | Early risers’ opportunities

Browsing vinyl records, snapping up a second-hand jacket

or scoring the perfect souvenir? Early birds can do precisely

that at the flea market near St James’ Church . At Bar

Dépot you can buy anything, even a yummy breakfast!

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Saturday, 10 a.m. | Castle of the Counts

Ghent’s oldest building is the Castle of the Counts , the

impressive medieval fortress in the city centre. Go back in

time and shiver at the sight of armour, weapons and torture

instruments.

Saturday, 11.30 a.m. | Ghent delicacies

Taste and buy typical products from Ghent and East Flanders

under the impressive vaults of the Great Butchers

Hall . RoomeR is the ideal aperitif. If you have a sweet

tooth, buy cuberdons. For a spicier touch try Tierenteyn

mustard on the other side of the square.

Saturday 12.30 p.m. | Easy as duck soup

Soup is the new fast food! Plenty of choice, always tasty and

of course healthy! The Souplounge near Vrijdagmarkt

offers delicious soups with a view of the Lys. And a free apple,

because an apple a day…

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Ghent is Europe’s

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Saturday, 1 p.m. | Don’t miss the boat

Work up your appetite on the water! You’ve watched them pass

by all morning, now it’s your turn to hop on a boat! After all,

that’s the best way to see Ghent from a different perspective.

The captain will give you a taste of history laced with juicy little

anecdotes, in a language of your choice.

Saturday 2.30 p.m. | The art of choosing

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is the absolute masterpiece

of medieval art. Grand with overwhelming detail. This altarpiece

by the Van Eyck brothers is an absolute must-see, but there’s

plenty more: Flemish (and other) masters at the Museum of Fine

Arts , modern art at the Municipal Museum of Contemporary

Art (S.M.A.K.) and an interactive overview of Ghent’s history

and its people at the new City Museum (STAM).

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Saturday, 4.30 p.m. |

A few more hours (and euros) to spend?

Shop at the Veldstraat ! Or discover hidden gems in the side

streets, typical products at the Koestraat, Bennesteeg, Jan

Breydelstraat and Serpentstraat. Bag a bargain from 1 to 31

January and from 1 to 31 July!

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Saturday, 6 p.m. | Rock ’n’ roll cuisine

Feeling adventurous? Try the rock ‘n’ roll cuisine of the Flemish

Foodies, three adventurous chefs who have chosen Ghent

as their home base. Restaurant C-Jean was hailed ‘Best

restaurant in Ghent’ by the local newspaper.

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Its chef now cooks at J.E.F. Trendy Volta is housed in a

former warehouse and De Vitrine offers top cuisine in an

old butchery.

Saturday, 10 p.m. | Take a shot

Time for a nightcap. At Dreupelkot you can choose from

over 200 (!) types of ‘jenever’. Vanilla jenever has conquered

the world, though the chicory version isn’t likely to. The adventurous

leave through the back entrance to discover the narrowest

street in Ghent. Want to bet you won’t feel like heading

home or to your hotel?

Sunday, 10 a.m. | Flower power

Sundays in Ghent start at the flower market with a coffee,

a chat and a walk along the colourful stalls. To top it off:

oysters and champagne at the blue kiosk, while discussing

what to do next.

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More information?

Go to www.visitgent.be.

Or contact the tourist office at the

number +32 9 266 56 60.

Always

close

S TA P E L P L E I N

D O K N O O R D

From Amsterdam, London, Paris and Cologne you can be in

Flanders – the northern part of Belgium – in less than two

hours. Ghent lies right in the midst of the other top tourist

destinations in Belgium. In a nutshell, it is the perfect base

for visiting the region!

From Brussels Airport and Brussels South station

(Bruxelles-Midi, where the Eurostar arrives) you can catch

a direct train to Ghent. Train travel between Brussels South

and Ghent takes half an hour and costs about ten euros.

A F R I K A L A A N A F R I K A L A A N

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